Russia is absolutely one of the most fascinating countries to explore on a tour. It is the world’s largest country, making up over a seventh of the earth’s entire land mass and the country is culturally, historically and visually diverse.
This tour combines 3 days in Moscow and 3 days in St. Petersburg, and a deluxe cruise on the iconic Volga River. The Volga river is Europe’s longest and largest river. People say the river looks very much like it always has since early days — the churches, the villages, the people, comprising scenes from an old painting you may swear you have seen in a gallery. The journey is ideal travelers who want to explore both the Russian countryside and the treasures of Russia's grand cities.
Our ship is the most intimate and elegant cruise vessel owned in Russia. It offers an unprecedented level of luxury, as well as the finest cabin rooms, delicious food, best service and care in the industry. The interior of the ship reveals the tsarist-era.
Also with no more than 60 crew members and a capacity just over 100 passengers, the ship's spacious arrangement, makes it feels like you’re sailing aboard on a private yacht.
Daily sightseeing in Moscow, St. Petersburg and the port towns along the river banks are done in small groups, never more than 20-25 guests. And your tours are conducted in sign language either with an ASL interpreter or a Deaf guide. Also during the cruise there are lectures presented by Russian professors about the intricacies of Russian history. The lectures are interpreted in sign language. There are many more other onboard activities offered to you on the ship.
Number of Days: 13 days / 12 nights
Participants: 14 min ~ 30 max passengers
Accommodation: five star hotel in Moscow and St. Petersburg & choice of cabin rooms on the ship
Travel: long ship, private van, public transportation and walking
Tour Activity: sightseeing, on site tours, museum and gallery visits, river cruise and on board programs, including lectures and games
Tour Conductor: D-travel Agency
Cruise Supplier: MS Volga Dream
Guides: local guides with sign language interpreters, Deaf guides in Moscow and St. Petersburg with Deaf ASL interpreter
Language: American Sign Language & English
Physical: easy - walking and standing on pavement or concrete, some stair climbing
Package Price: starting from $5,351 per person per double occupancy
Deluxe Staterooms (Twin) on Sun Deck: $6,072 per person*
Deluxe Staterooms (Double) on Promenade Deck: $5,866 per person*
Superior Staterooms (Twin) on Main Deck: $5,351 per person*
* Single supplement request is an additional fee
* A deposit of $600 is required to secure your spot
* Final Payment due May 1, 2020
Arrive to Moscow, transfer to the historic city centre near the Bolshoi Theater and the Moscow Kremlin. Meet with your guide and fellow participants in the hotel lobby.
Day 2 ~ Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Go on an orientation tour of the city, see the Tverskaya Street, Lubyanka Square, Kremlin embankment, Cathedral of Christ and the Novodevichy Cemetery, where well-known Russian are buried. In the afternoon explore Moscow on your own.
Day 3 ~ Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Go into the Kremlin, visit the Armory Museum, continue to the beautifully 15th century frescoed Assumption and Archangel Cathedrals, also see the Red Square with famous landmarks including Lenin’s tomb and St. Basil’s Cathedral.
Day 4 ~ Thursday, July 16, 2020
Check out your hotel, visit the Tretyakov Gallery, the museum with Russian fine arts and stop to see Moscow’s Metro famed for its architectural splendor. Finally to your ship, Ms. Volga Dream.The captain’s welcome reception marks the start of your cruise.
After a full day of cruise through idyllic forested countryside, we tie up in the ancient trading town of Uglich, a key point in Russia’s renowned Golden Ring. You explore the impressive church of St. Dmitri-on-the-Blood, built on the site where Dmitri was murdered.
Yaroslavl is one of central Russia’s oldest cities and boasts the Volga’s first port. You see the Spassky Monastery houses, the transfiguration of the Savior and the Church Elijah with impressive mosaics. And join in a costume reception at the governor house.
In this tiny settlement, we visit the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery that is home to one of the world’s finest collections of Russian icons. After tour of the monastery, we cruise toward the majestic lake Onega. In the evening you experience a Russian Dinner with Vodka tasting.
Kareliya is a region that must be seen to be believed. It’s a vast wilderness of forest and water. Including our stop to Kishi is the quaint collection of ancient wooden houses and windmills and a remarkable transfiguration church built without nails.
The highlight of your day in the town is the invitation into local’s home. The villagers will offer tea with jam and pirozhkie (local pies). And they will tell you about Russian traditions, lifestyle and the attractions of the village while showing off their homes and gardens.
Arrive to St. Petersburg via the Neva River. Join in a cit tour to see the Peter and Paul Fortress, the burial place of the Romanov monarchs, and Nevsky Prospect, with its rich selection of fine shops, cafe and museums. In afternoon check in your hotel.
Day 11 ~ Thursday, July 23, 2020
Start the day at the world class Hermitage Museum and a tour of the restored Peterhof, St. Petersburg’s most spectacular imperial estate. Also visit one of the authentic small cottages and stroll through the park with it’s 176 fountains and four cascades.
Day 12 ~ Friday, July 24, 2020
Morning free time at St. Petersburg on your own. In afternoon drive to Catherine the Great’s Palace which hosted the extraordinary Amber room. Its’ six tons of solid amber are deftly carved and framed in gold leaf. It’s dubbed as the eighth wonder of the world.
Day 13 ~ Saturday, July 25, 2020
Check out your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home.
- 3 nights in Moscow with 2-day city tour and leisure time
- 6 nights aboard on the Ms Volga Dream long boat (select cabin)
- 3 nights in St. Petersburg with 2-day city tour and leisure time
- Airport/hotel transfers
- 5 star hotel with breakfast included in Moscow and St. Petersburg
- All meals aboard the MS Volga Dream include house wine & soft drinks
- Tour conductor
- Professional tour guides
- Sign language interpreters
- Russian dinner with Vodka tasting
- Onboard activities and performances
NOT INCLUDED in the tour package:
- International airfare
- Flight insurance
- Travel insurance
- Any other meals not stated in the itinerary
- Alcohol / non-alcohol beverages not included with meals
- Other additional expenses such as laundry, Internet, and souvenirs
- Tips / gratuity for tour guides and interpreters